Ode to Joy (10:54)

Cover of Moonlight

From Moonlight and 24 other releases

Beethoven, perhaps the greatest of the classical composers, wrote Ode to Joy towards the end of his career. He was deaf and ill and had suffered much in his lifetime. Yet he was able to compose this magnificent piece by hearing it in his head. He never heard it played. It is said that at its premiere performance, Beethoven was conducting and it wasn’t until he turned to the audience at the end and saw them standing and applauding and yelling out praise and emotion, that he knew that this wonderful Ode to Joy was felt by all who heard it as he had felt it in his head when he heard it. Truly one of the most uplifting and magnificent pieces of music ever written.


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  • bruno_souza96

    great for studying Pozzoli

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • Maidelane


    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • BennoTiger

    :-)) <3<3

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Techavon

    Alle menschen werden brüder wo dein sanfter flügel weilt!

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • lammasabacthani

    Freude! Töchter aus Elysium

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DozyVan

    My Volume won't go up loud enough!!! I wan't to have my house shaking from this piece of music

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • emptystream

    This is the most beautiful thing I know

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Sathg

    heehee I remember playing this song in elementary school :)

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sycophone

    we need beethoven

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Elyssyan

    Joyous indeed!!!♥

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Ayzmo

    Very few songs are as awesomely powerful as this.

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Jalabert02

    Always sends the goose bumps of- just beautiful and powerful music

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • matthewamenda

    I don't know about Ayn Rand counting as a great producer, but Beethoven is a grand master by anybody's standards, whether he can hear a damn thing or not.

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • abunono

    Jeg ville like å kle med bag, skjerf og lue. Hunden kan lide ikke, men jeg finner super bra.

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • wellagainbrege


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  • danc6433

    This song, this composition....it's what seperates people. Only few could produce something of this magnitude (Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky, Ayn Rand, Van Gogh), most can ignore it (the romanticized "common people"), and some of us can at least simply love it (I'm happy to fit into the last category). When I'm trying to figure out what seprates me individually, it's the simple fact I can feel this song. Beethoven rocked!

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Greg112390

    Why is it only the last bit?

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • abunono

    Un grand compositeur et un grand Allemand!

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
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